Nicaragua: Nicas en Exilio
Nicaragua is a tropical country with sandy beaches filled with stars, amazing warm weather and roaring volcanoes that light up the sky at night with fire. It’s right in the belly of Central America, between Costa Rica, Honduras, and El Salvador. Home of some of the best coffee and cacao in the world, hosts all kinds of rich ecosystems, from thick jungles and fertile lands, to constellations of islands spread in a lake. The vastness of its natural resources including gold and precious wood has attracted dictators and dirty corporations by the dozen, making it one of the most impoverished countries in Latin America.
Despite the great revolution of 1979 and numerous other previous civil wars and invasions, Nicaraguans have remained a peaceful and friendly population, ready to open their doors and share their food with anyone that visits their homes. Descendants of indigenes, their love for nature, honor and unconquerable free spirit has been kept alive generation after generation, continuously breaking the chains of greed and oppression. Their strong sense of community has made them endure through terrible times on many occasions.
On April 18 of 2018, after decades of blatant corruption and the use of repression and fear to control the population, the National Police started openly shooting young unarmed university students with snipers and AK-47s. They were peacefully protesting for a reform bill on the Social Security System that would reduce benefits to the elderly and extend working periods for the rest of the population; all in order to keep sucking money out of the Social Security System. People have had enough and we’re not going to stand down against any amount of bullets or violence. After the first 30 students were shot in the streets; it was not about Social Security reform anymore, it was about democracy, justice, peace and freedom.
Over a year has passed and the Nicaraguan community all over the world, along with over 60.000 people that had to go in exile, have created an articulated support network of self-directed organizations with the mission of bringing back democracy and peace to Nicaragua. This includes making the dictator Daniel Ortega step down from power and take him, along with the rest of the people accused of crimes against humanity, to justice. This is a worldwide non-violent effort under the name of #SOSNICARAGUA is being led by hundreds of people that voluntarily have taken the challenge regardless of the consequences for them.
Create a union of international Nicaraguan exiles and migrants to develop communication strategies that would resonate with an international and direct impact on the political and social context of Nicaragua. At the same time, create opportunities for those Nicaraguans and exiles whose human rights have not been heard and are going through dangerous environments.
It is to create a group that can be used as an ally for all Nicaraguan exiles and migrants starting in the Netherlands, as a representative of Europe while developing a relationship with other organizations in and out of Nicaragua that can help determine ideas to promote inclusivity and develop a sense of individual responsibility in political matters within the Nicaraguan population and be used as an example to many activists. At the same time, we want to develop an active relationship with the Nicaraguan and Dutch communities.
1.Unite international Nicaraguan exiles and migrants to advocate
and create a positive impact on the political and social contexts
2.Gather information about the different asylum procedures
present in the countries where Nicaraguans are and identify
the most vulnerable according to the percentage of people
3.Identify problems and execute an action plan that can
help the most vulnerable sectors in Nicaragua.
For the past week Nicaragua has been experimenting a significant growth in COVID-19 cases and deaths that the government has publicly denied.
In collaboration with different communication agencies and affiliated organizations of the Nicaraguan diaspora we will be developing and distributing precautionary measures based on the specific situation that the Nicaraguan population is going through, through different media and activities.
Due to the silence of the state and the lack of information, thousands of Nicaraguans were and are exposed to the covid-19. The dispersion and appearance of hundreds of possible cases alarms the population and triggers anguish in the situation that could be developed in the following weeks.
In this current period of a global pandemic, the challenges faced by the Nicaraguan asylum seekers around the world are not any less hard when it is taken into consideration, the very limited resources they have at their disposal. We want to provide material assistance in the form of disinfectant, thermometers, vitamin packs, gloves, and other supplementary and medical equipment for them, to be prepared.
In order to keep our activities going, please donate and help us create funds to develop opportunities and help hundreds of people in and out of Nicaragua.
Our people want to be free, enjoy life and have opportunities to give a better future to their families. Together we are unstoppable, together we can make a change.
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